The BOMBARDIER TALENT 3 battery electric multiple unit was awarded the renowned Berlin Brandenburg innovation award on November 30, 2018. The train operates emission-free, thereby making a significant contribution towards environmentally-friendly mobility. It can be used to bridge non-electrified lines and replace diesel trains with clean battery-powered vehicles.
A distinguished, 17-member jury selected the battery-powered multiple unit as one of the winners from among ten finalists. Bombardier will allocate the prize money of 10,000 euros to promote innovation and social responsibility. One part will be used to organize a hackathon event with (disadvantaged) youth and students on the topic "Train of the Future", in cooperation with Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin). The other part will be donated to the Children’s Hospice Sonnenhof in Berlin.
With its ultra-fast charging, high-performance BOMBARDIER MITRAC lithium-ion batteries, the TALENT 3 battery train could already operate on more than 30 per cent of Germany’s non-electrified lines today. Thanks to cost-effective electrification of the end points, even 75 per cent of all diesel lines in Germany could be operated with battery-power, and without having to change trains. According to an independent comparative study by Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden), the battery train would be the most cost-effective and CO2-free alternative to diesel trains in terms of total cost of ownership over the entire 30-year service life.